No. 7 Stanford takes down No. 1 BYU
Cardinal’s Lawson smashes 14 kills, eight in first set
PROVO, Utah -- No. 7 Stanford took down No. 1 BYU in a 35-33, 25-23, 25-22 victory on Saturday night, enabling the Cardinal to complete a weekend two-match sweep of the Cougars.
Brad Lawson had eight of his match-high 14 kills in a marathon first set that seemed to set the tone for the rest of the match. Both teams combined to fight off 10 set points -- BYU withstood seven and Stanford three -- before a block by Lawson and Gus Ellis finished the job.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 7 Stanford 3, No. 1 BYU 0|
|No. 5 Penn State 3, Cal-Baptist 0|
|No. 9 Ohio State 3, Mt. Union 0|
|No. 14 Hawaii 3, No. 12 Pacific 0|
The victory was the fifth consecutive in the series for Stanford, which completed its' first road sweep of BYU after winning in four on Friday.
The victory moved Stanford (7-2 overall, 4-1 MPSF) past the Cougars (6-3, 4-2) and into second place in the MPSF behind UCLA (6-0).
There were 19 ties in the first set, and just as many in the second. This time it was Brian Cook who closed out the set, converting an attack on a sequence in which the ball crossed the net six times. Lawson covered an attack by Futi Tavana -- Lawson's second dig of the sequence -- to set up Cook's winner.
Four Stanford players finished in double figures in kills: Lawson, Steven Irvin (12), Eric Mochalski (11), and Cook (10). Ellis had seven blocks - five in the first set - and setter Evan Barry had 47 assists while passing the Cardinal to a .337 hitting percentage.